Apple Exposes Limitations of the Cloud

Apple announced that it will allow customers to download the next release of Mac OS X, codenamed “Lion,” at its Apple stores. This move comes as a result of customer concern that bandwidth limitations or caps will limit their...

06/29/2011

Deconstructing the Cloud

Cloud services are evolving quickly and the lines between managed hosting, co-location, and cloud services are getting fuzzy, especially as marketers interject the word “Cloud” into just about anything to capitalize on the current...

06/27/2011

Some Big Announcements in the Video Space

This year’s annual InfoComm conference in Atlanta highlights several key trends that we’re following around video conferencing and video collaboration, including the convergence of video and voice, and convergence of video...

06/22/2011

Virtualizing WAN Optimization

The number of applications that can’t run in a virtualized environment is rapidly dropping. Earlier this month Mitel announced its new focus on enabling call control and UC applications to run on general purpose VMware hypervisors....

06/20/2011

World IPv6 Day is Complete. Did Anyone Notice?

Last week saw the completion of the world’s largest IPv6 interoperability test: World IPv6 Day. Led by the Internet Consortium and supported by hundreds of service providers, content providers, and hardware manufacturers, World IPv6...

06/15/2011

What Now for Cell Phones?

If you’ve turned on the news in the last week, then you’ve seen reports covering the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to classify cell phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen, putting cell phone radiation in the same...

06/07/2011

The Evolution of Telepresence

In the minds of many of our clients, the term “telepresence” means an immersive, three- screen video conferencing system featuring acoustics, lighting, furniture, and directional audio all designed to give participants the feeling...

06/03/2011

Optimizing Bandwidth for Fun and Profit

Bandwidth optimization is now a mainstream technology with more than 61% of companies using the technology to improve application performance and/or reduce bandwidth requirements.Still, some IT architects ask, “why can’t I just use...

05/31/2011

Microsoft Buys Skype: What Should Enterprises Do?

Unless you were sleeping under a rock last week, you probably heard that Microsoft is buying Skype for approximately $8.5 billion, gaining access to Skype’s 170 million accounts, as well as creating opportunities to link Skype with...

05/18/2011

But What About Softphones?

Last week I discussed the issue of using cell phones to replace desktop phones. Since just about everyone has a cell phone, why not cut telecom costs by allowing employees to use their cell phones rather than expensive desktop phones...

05/16/2011

More Momentum for Consumerization of IT

Logitech’s LifeSize video-conferencing products division and privately held Skype announced plans to enable corporate users of Lifesize’s Passport video systems to conduct video conferences with Skype clients. LifeSize’s move builds...

05/11/2011

Ready to Break the Cord?

One of the more interesting data points from our last round of benchmark research, based on interviews with more than 225 IT leaders, was the growing belief that we’re heading for an increasingly un-wired world. As smartphones,...

05/09/2011

Storm Clouds

Last week I mentioned several key trends we’ve seen that portend an increase in deployments of cloud-based collaboration, including the acquisition of Smoothstone by West Corporation, and recent efforts by vendors such as Avaya,...

05/04/2011

Tablets Straining Your WiFi Network?

One of the trends that we’ve seen in our recent research is that the rising popularity of enterprise tablets, led by the iPad, is putting a strain on enterprise WiFi networks. This is leading to further demand for IT leaders to...

05/02/2011

Will 2011 be the Year of Cloud-based UC?

Cloud-based UC has gotten off to a rough start. Nemertes finds that only 8% of firms are using hosted VOIP/UC. Another 12% are evaluating it for potential purchase, and most of these are small companies looking to purchase a...

04/27/2011

Harmonizing Wireless and Wired Access Networks

A key trend in enterprise networks is the creation of two separate LANs: data center and access. Data center networks feature high-speed, low-latency, high-bandwidth fabrics designed to move large amounts of data between servers and...

04/25/2011

Polycom / 8x8 Address SMB Video Needs

Polycom announced a new partnership to deliver its video solutions as part of 8x8’s “Virtual Office Pro” unified communications service. SMBs have often been scared away from video due to high system costs, high-bandwidth...

04/21/2011

Ready for Video?

After all the years of hype that video conferencing would become the “next big thing,” that moment seems to have finally arrived. More than 80% of companies are using it, and breadth of usage is growing among the majority of our...

04/19/2011

UC management solution demand grows

NetScout Systems announced it is buying privately held Psytechnics to increase its portfolio of solutions for managing IP-based voice and video over wired and wireless networks. NetScout’s acquisition demonstrates growth in demand...

04/13/2011

Thinking About 911 in a Converged World

One of the strongest trends we’ve seen in our research around communications and collaboration is the desire by both IT and end-users to embrace mobility. IT shops are evaluating the potential to reduce infrastructure costs such as...

04/11/2011

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